On Monday, Turkey welcomed the announcement of the reopening of the borders and airspace between Qatar and Saudi Arabia. While Abu Dhabi expected that the Gulf summit scheduled for tomorrow would witness historic transformations, the Cooperation Council issued a statement on the crisis, and an American official revealed that significant progress had been made towards reconciliation.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry welcomed the decision to open the airspace and the land and sea borders between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
“We welcome the decision to open the land, sea and air borders between Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, starting this evening,” the ministry said in a statement Monday.
She pointed out that this development represents an important step in resolving the Gulf crisis that has continued since June 2017.
The ministry appreciated “the efforts of the international players who contributed through their mediation activities in reaching this decision, on top of which is the State of Kuwait.”
Ankara expressed its wishes for a “permanent and comprehensive solution to this conflict based on mutual respect for the sovereignty of states, and for the rest of the punitive measures to be lifted on the Qatari people as soon as possible.”
And Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Ahmed Nasser Al-Sabah announced earlier that Saudi Arabia and Qatar had agreed to reopen airspace and land and sea borders between the two countries.
In Doha, the Amiri Diwan announced that the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, will attend the Gulf summit scheduled for tomorrow in Saudi Arabia.
For his part, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said that the Gulf Cooperation Council summit to be held on Tuesday in Saudi Arabia will restore the unity of the Gulf.
“We are before a historic summit in Al-Ula, through which we will restore the Gulf cohesion … We have more work ahead and we are in the right direction,” Gargash wrote on Twitter.
The Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Nayef Al-Hajraf, welcomed the opening of the airspace and the land and sea borders between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, on the eve of the holding of the Gulf summit in the city of Al-Ula, northwest of Saudi Arabia.
Al-Hajraf said that this conquest announced by Kuwait on the eve of the Gulf summit, reflects the great care and sincere efforts being made to ensure its success.
A senior US administration official revealed a breakthrough in the three-year-old dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. He said an agreement will be signed in Saudi Arabia to end the conflict on Tuesday.
The official Saudi Press Agency quoted Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as saying, “The summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council will be an inclusive summit for the word, unifying the class and consolidating the path of goodness and prosperity, and through it the aspirations of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his brothers, the leaders of the GCC states in reuniting and solidarity in the face of challenges. Experienced in our region. “
For its part, the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, issued a statement saying that it congratulates the Gulf Cooperation Council for the progress of reconciliation efforts and hopes that the crisis will end completely.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt had cut ties with Qatar and imposed a sea, land and air blockade on it since mid-2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Qatar denied this, saying the blockade aimed to undermine its sovereignty.
While Saudi Arabia has indicated that it intends to lift the blockade, the other three countries have not issued a similar statement, but the US official said, “We expect” that they will also join the lifting of the blockade.
Under the imminent deal, the official added, Qatar would drop the lawsuits related to the blockade.